Since Rochester has some ungodly weather this time of year, and coincidentally having a sister that lives in Boston (where flights are way cheaper going abroad) my trip to Copenhagen started Wednesday. I flew to Boston to stay with my sister until Friday where I will start part 2, the trip abroad.
I have never been to Boston so I was super excited to visit a new city. Today I did what I hope to do a lot this semester, wandered around. There were two places I really wanted to go, the Boston Marathon Finish line and the Harbor. Luckily I found the finish line with the help of my map, the harbor I manage to stumble upon while just walking around. Once I found both of these landmarks, I got lunch at Quincy Market and found a nice bench in the Boston Commons to sit on, and got to watch people ice skate, despite it being 57 degrees out.
After walking over 8 miles I decided to head back to Beacon Hill to meet my sister for dinner.
Only 24 more hours until my flight to Copenhagen!
Since I’ll be arriving in Copenhagen in less than a week, I thought I’d answer the question I get every time I say I’m studying abroad in Copenhagen.
The answer to that is not as simple as it seems. Picking Copenhagen came with a lot of google searches and limitations. It starts with narrowing down where, I’ve always wanted to study abroad in Europe. I have only heard amazing stories from my mother, sister and friends about their adventures in Europe. As well as because of the easy access to travel within Europe. Then came the academics of studying abroad.
Being a biology major with post graduate hopes of going to medical or PA school, I had to limit myself to programs that would optimize my medical exposure. Along with the requirements of being a Biology major at Bucknell, I needed to be able to take a 300 level biology class abroad.
The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) was recommended to me by my study abroad advisor and was always one of the top choices when looking in a search engine. Once I saw the classes offered, specifically the Medical Practice and Policy core class, the travel included with the classes and knowing I can take Epigenetic and the Environment as a 300 level biology, I knew that Copenhagen was the place for me.
Knowing I would be studying abroad in Copenhagen, my recent research of Denmark made me realized how much more it has to offer beyond my academic needs. Denmark is incredibly forward; Denmark has high taxes but free health care and free education. With that I’m taking a public health class to learn more about healthcare abroad. It is also incredibly green with a large portion of their energy coming from wind farms. Which I hope to learn a lot about from my Host Father who works for DONG energy. And, Danes are considered the happiest people in the planet, so I can’t see any reasons not to pick Copenhagen!
Four days until I’m actually there!
Now that I’m home from Bucknell, I finally am able to look at the pre-departure packet DIS sent me, and it is making me more and more excited!! I skimmed the entire book and it has a lot of valuable information. But nothing can give me the true reality of what Denmark is like unless I am actually there! Therefore, I decided to make a list of ten things I ~think~ I know about Denmark from my pinteresting, book reading, and google searching:
- It’s going to be cold ~ coming from upstate NY, I’m hoping this won’t bother me too much
- Danes really love the color black ~ I think my wardrobe can accommodate this
- Danes are the happiest and nicest people in the world ~ excited for this happy vibe
- There is a super low crime rate ~ I heard people leave carriages with their babies in them outside restaurants and shops, crazy
- Bike riding is a must ~ I really hope I remember how to ride one
Many of these are stereotypes or just things I’ve found that have really intrigued me. I won’t know the actual truth behind any of these until I am actually there, T-minus 26 days until I leave for Copenhagen!
This is the post excerpt.
Welcome to my first ever blog post as I prepare to embark on my study abroad adventures to Copenhagen, Denmark!
I decided to initiate this blog to help me articulate my travels, so I have something to look back on, but also to communicate with my friends and family at home, and across the globe, my experiences and adventures abroad!
With that being said, I am incredibly excited to begin my travels in 36 days, as it is the only thing getting me through my finals. Now that it is nearing a month away, and my plane ticket is booked, and I am finally settled with my class transfer forms and pre-departure meetings it is slowly getting more and more real. In procrastinating my studying, I found this article from Time Magazine (Read Here) talking about Hygge, something that through all my pinteresting, google searching, and instagram hashtags I’ve found a lot about. I even decided to name my blog after it since it is something I am truly hoping to experience in Copenhagen. This concept of improving your life through living within the moment is something I really need in my life, especially now in finals, college, and life in general. So my goal for right now, in preparation for my Danish adventures, is to start practicing Hygge here in the US, and also look forward to experiences the pros of Hygge in Denmark in 36 days!
Peace and Studying